Taking a Vacation is the Cornerstone of Workplace Wellbeing: Forget Work and Give Yourself Time to Recharge

Work life is busy and demanding, but one of the most crucial aspects of workplace wellbeing is the ability to disconnect from work and enjoy a vacation. Studies show that taking vacations not only enhances individual wellbeing but also improves productivity in the long run. Therefore, it is essential for both employers and employees to ensure that everyone has a genuine opportunity to detach from work routines.

Why are vacations so important for workplace wellbeing?

Reducing Stress and Improving Mental Health
Studies have consistently shown that vacations help reduce stress and improve mental health. For example, research by the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed that vacations significantly reduce stress levels and improve mood [1]. When we take time to relax and detach from work, our bodies and minds get the much-needed rest, helping us to recover and perform better.

Improved Concentration, Creativity, and Physical Health
Vacations are not just for relaxation – they also improve concentration and creativity. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that time spent in nature enhances cognitive functions and increases creativity [2]. When we allow our brains to rest and recharge, we return to work refreshed and ready to face challenges with new vigor.

The positive effects of vacations extend to physical health as well. According to research, regular vacations can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases [3]. Relaxation and physical activity during vacations, such as walking in nature or swimming, promote heart health and lower blood pressure.

Practical Tips for Getting into Vacation Mode

  1. Plan Your Vacation in Advance
    A good vacation starts with planning. When you know when your vacation will begin, you can prepare for it well in advance. Complete the necessary tasks and ensure that your team is aware of your absence. This reduces worry and helps you disconnect from work matters right from the start of your vacation.
  2. Disconnect from Work
    One of the most effective ways to get into vacation mode is to disconnect from work. This means leaving emails and work phones behind. Inform your colleagues and clients that you are on vacation and let them know when you will be available again.
  3. Do Things You Enjoy
    Spend your vacation doing things you enjoy. Whether it’s traveling, reading, sports, or just relaxing at home, the most important thing is to engage in activities that bring you joy and help you break away from daily routines.
  4. Be Present in the Moment
    Mindfulness can help you fully enjoy your vacation. Focus on the moment and enjoy what you are doing right now. This helps you forget work matters and concentrate entirely on your vacation. Detaching from social media and swapping your phone for a book or a card game gives your brain a break from constant sensory stimulation.
  5. Give Yourself Time to Adjust
    Remember that getting into vacation mode can take time. Don’t stress if you can’t fully relax on the first day of your vacation. Give yourself time to adjust and enjoy your vacation step by step.

Vacations are essential for workplace wellbeing. They reduce stress, improve mental and physical health, and increase concentration and creativity. By focusing on enjoying the moment, you can ensure that your vacation is restorative and refreshing. Take care of yourself and allow yourself the permission to enjoy well-deserved rest.

Have a relaxing and sunny summer vacation!

Katri Perälä
CEO, Webropol


[1] American Psychological Association. (2018). Stress in America: Stress and Current Events. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org

[2] Journal of Environmental Psychology. (2012). Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1510459112

[3] Gump. B. B., & Matthews. K.A. (2000). Are vacations good for your health? The 9-year mortality experience after the multiple risk factor intervention trial. National library of medicine. DOI: 10.1097/00006842-200009000-00003.

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